Carl Paladino appears to have chosen Greg Edwards to be his running mate, even though I have not seen a formal announcement from the campaign. Edwards is a NRA Life member.
Seen over at Cemetery’s Gun Blob:
… “Senator Van Drew, for whatever reason, is kowtowing to the pro-gun forces of darkness who want to turn this country into an armed society,” said Bryan Miller, executive director of Ceasefire NJ …
I like it. I need to get a Darth Vader helmet to wear at lobby day next year.
Rick Lazio is dropping out of the governor’s race today. The deadline for accepting a judicial nomination is tomorrow.
“… You always get worried when you have a candidate for attorney general that wants to use that office to enact a social agenda …”
Right. But it’s ok for him to do that with MAIG.
Republicans are trying to push Rick Lazio out of the Governors race. It’s unclear if he’s going to go. Lazio would have to either accept a judicial nomination, move out of state or drop dead to be removed from the CP gubernatorial line.
It’s also unclear as to who will be Carl Paldino’s running mate. Greg Edwards won the GOP and CP primaries for Lt. Governor, but Tom Ognibene has that slot on the Taxpayers line, making the GOP ticket Paladino/Edwards, CP ticket Lazio/Edwards and Taxpayers ticket Paladino/Ognibene. Edwards has started campaigning as Paladino running mate, but I have not heard any formal statement by Paladino’s campaign.
The NRA endorsed Nan Hayworth in CD-19.
The Brady’s endorsed Carolyn McCarthy in CD-4.
In AD-150, Republican candidate Andrew Goodall claims to have the support of local sportmen’s groups as he is in favor of allowing big game rifle hunting in Chautauqua County. Meanwhile, Democrat candidate Nancy Bargar has set up a “Advisory Committee on Fish and Wildlife issues.”
Old Andrew returns.
… “Everybody knows that behind the scenes that he’s the dirtiest, nastiest political player out there,” Spitzer said of Cuomo Thursday …
… Andrew M. Cuomo … unleashed his first direct attack on Mr. Paladino on Thursday with a television advertisement that criticized him for his donations to Albany politicians and for his failure to create jobs after winning tax breaks intended to promote economic development …
I don’t think this helps Cuomo. It’s going to remind people of his previous campaign for governor. Plus, the Paladino campaign seems to be enjoying it:
… “Andrew Cuomo’s opening gambit falls flat,” said Michael Caputo, who is Paladino’s campaign manager. “Any day our campaign wakes up talking about Carl Paladino’s business and his 450 employees is a good day for Carl Paladino.”
There’s signs of the “old Andrew” resurfacing as well:
… “If a guy says you have no cojones, how do you punch him back, call him an asshole?” …
This race is Cuomo’s to lose. If he opens his mouth he loses.
I would not have thought it back in the spring, but it is conceivable that Paladino will beat Cuomo in the general election. Cuomo got the party nomination through his family ties and because there was no other strong Democrat (like Chuck Schumer) who wanted to run. He has been on his best behavior and if Paladino can get him off script, the “old Andrew” could resurface. That’s clearly what the Paladino campaign is doing with their “No Cojones” ad.